As summer plans are getting made, Ottawa is looking to be outdoor art.

Musicians: the three biggies have opened their busking programmes. You can apply now with Ottawa MarketsOC Transpo, and Ottawa Famers’ Market.

Spray can virtuosi: House of PainT Festival (August 12, 2023) is taking applications from musical and visual artists. Apply by May 1 to be considered.

– Martha and Darren



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    • 🌞 Sunny.  High of 28°, low of 9° 


    • 340,625
    • – The number of parking tickets issued by the City in 2022, compared to 262,089 tickets issued in 2021.  (Josh Pringle at CTV)

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    • Ila Hobbins
    • The Kanata forward will again join Team Great Britain to compete in the Women’s ice hockey World Championship in South Korea. Hobbins previously competed with the team in the Women’s Four Nations hockey tournament in Poland. (Madison Costeira at Stittsville Central)


    • They are an unelected board of crazy people that have to be addressed
    • – Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward councillor Tim Tierney on CFRA radio this morning. Tierney blames the National Capital Commission for delays on reopening Wellington Street to cars, and is irked that the Commission won’t allow the City to create a new thoroughfare through green space in Orléans. [Michael Woods at CTV]

    🔥 Burn Ban

    • Now that last week’s ice storm has been dealt with, the Ottawa Fire Service has issued a ‘burn ban’. Temperatures are expected to hit 28° this week and no rain is predicted. The open air fire ban includes those who have burn permits. (Ottawa Citizen)

    🥅 So long, Lexusplexus

    • The City has renamed the Kanata Recreation Complex yet again. After paying $1 million for naming rights, a car dealer had hoped the Complex would be called the Tony Graham Automotive Group Recreation Complex – Kanata. The City has now shortened that to Tony Graham Recreation Complex – Kanata. Some Reddit user dubbed it ‘Lexusplexus’, which we agree is pretty good. (Taylor Blewett in the Ottawa Citizen)

    🫶 Stittsville Volunteers

    • Nominations are open for the 2023 Stittsville Volunteer Awards. There are six categories: The Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year, Senior of the Year, Business of the Year, Volunteer Group of the Year, the John Curry Memorial Youth of the Year, and Teacher of the Year. (Teresa Krasnichuk at Stittsville Central)

    🚊 O Train

    • The O-Train will be closed between Hurdman and Parliament stations for two weekends. Not that there is anything wrong – Rideau Transit Group is closing the section during operating hours to check ‘the scope of required repairs to prevent water infiltration in sections of the tunnel’. The closures will be April 29 – 30 and May 6 – 7(CBC)

    🌊 River RIsing 

    • West Carleton residents are being warned that the Ottawa River will be higher than normal this spring. Minor flooding is expected next week. In 2019, a flood broke records and caused a state of emergency. Newly minted West Carleton ward councillor Clarke Kelly says the City is more prepared this time. (Avanthika Anand at CBC) (Sand bag pickup locations)

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    • Thrifters take note of these two Saturday events: 

      1️⃣ La Grande Fripe, the inaugural edition of what organizers describe as the Outaouais’ largest second-hand clothing and accessories sale happens at 425 Saint-Jospeh Boulevard in Gatineau. 

      2️⃣ The Clothes Swap Party, hosted by Past Lives Thrift and Ottawa Social Girl Club, is an opportunity to give and take gently used clothes, meet new people, sip on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and nibble on light snacks from Suzy Q. Just bring your nice but unwanted clothes clothes and get ready to exchange them for something new. Tickets $30. 

    • Duelling Pianos duke it out at Sens House Sports Bar & Grill. Tickets from $20.76 for bar seating, up to $153.14 for a table for six. 

    • 613 Flea returns to Aberdeen Pavilion. This week Ottawa Tool Library will be there, offering vintage tools to help with your renos.

    • Signatures Spring Craft Sale continues at EY Centre. 4899 Uplands Dr. 

    • Mill Street Books in Almonte will be hosting author Emily Austin, who will sign copies of her novel Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead. 10:00am to 11:30am at 52 Mill Street in Almonte, ON. 

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    Save up to 66% off regular ticket prices to events at Saunders Farm, during the Spring Fever Sale. Get deals on events like A Midsummer Night’s Scream, Summer Maze Days, 2023 Frightfest, and the slightly less scary sounding Mother’s Day Afternoon.


    The current students of the University of Ottawa dare to criticize the sartorial choices of their 70s, 80s, 00s, and 10s predecessors in their newspaper, The Fulcrum, inadvertently proving that 90s fashion was the best.

    We will see you tomorrow  – Martha and Darren

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